What is it about spring that sends such a thrill through our beings?
What is it about flowers breaking out of the ground, barren trees bursting into radiant colors, and the warmth of the sun on our faces that makes us feel so alive?
Maybe it’s because we were created with an innate hope and desire for resurrection.
Maybe it’s because in the deepest parts of our souls we know that the pain and darkness we experience today are not the end. Maybe it’s because we were made to “have life, and…have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10). Maybe it’s because this world is not the end all be all of our existence.
Maybe it’s because we were made for a future where “there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain…” (Revelation 21:4). Maybe the reason why the resurrection of this earthly world touches us so deeply is because resurrection is what we were made for.
The hope of resurrection is woven into the fabric of our very souls and when we embrace that hope, we can look at the darkness of this temporary world with new eyes. We can see that the pain of today is indeed but a “light momentary affliction” which is “preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (1 Corinthians 4:17-18).
So we learn to not place our hopes in the things of this world. We learn to view our present sufferings as stepping stones to a far greater future, a future that will last forever. In short, we learn to live for another world.